Sunday, August 31, 2008

Accuracy

It's unanimous. Respondent to the latest poll all cast the same vote: they regard some blogs as accurate sources of information. Blogs are obviously not as "objective" as journalistic articles (though they, too, may be biased). As for this blog, I try to present accurate information regarding books and authors, and do research as needed. I revise and edit information that needs to be updated or corrected, because I care that the facts presented in this blog, which also contains my own stories and commentary, are as accurate as possible.

Some words of wisdom from Mma. Makutsi about accuracy from chapter eight of the book I'm nearly done reading, The Kalahari Typing School for Men:

"Do you see that?" she said to the elder apprentice, whom Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni had instructed to help her in the task of fetching the typewriters. "That motto on the notice board up there? Be accurate. That's the motto of the college."
"Yes," said the apprentice. "That's a good motto. You don't want to be inaccurate if you are a typist. Otherwise you have to do everything twice. That would be no good."
Mma. Makutsi looked at him sideways. "A good motto for every walk of life, would you not think?"
~The Kalahari Typing School for Men, Alexander McCall Smith

3 comments:

  1. I like the way you've worked a quote from the book into this post. I've spent a little time making political comments on a friend's blog, and must say that reading something from Mma Matsuki really help calm me down and give me a little perspective. Just what the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books are about.

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  2. As you know, I enjoy the books in this series immensely, Christie!
    Thanks very much for your "visit" and comments!

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  3. I also love that you use a quote from this book to back up your point - that is a great way to write a blog post!

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